“… Edward Gardner approaches the ‘Scottish’ vigorously … The neglected First Symphony is given a dashing performance … Ruy Blas is superbly done: strong, positive … exceptionally fine reading of the ‘Scottish’ Symphony.”
Antony Hodgson – ClassicalSource.com – 18 June 2015
“… Gardner and the CBSO give the most wonderfully atmospheric performance of the “Scottish Symphony” … I believe you will find this an extraordinarily mood-inducing performance. Beyond the finely-honed playing of the Birmingham musicians, Gardner’s reading is exceptionally well paced … this is one of the best I think I’ve heard …”
Jerry Dubins – Fanfare – March/April 2015
"...The disc is well recorded and has excellent notes by Bayan Northcott. There are many fine recordings of Mendelssohn’s symphonies either as a whole or individually but this is a very
worthwhile addition to the catalogue, especially for the performance of the Symphony No. 1."
John Sheppard - MusicWeb-International.com - 1 December 2014
"This second volume in this Birmingham Town hall series has the same musical and sonic excellence as its predecessor ..."
Christopher Breunig - Hi-Fi News - 2 December 2014
Performance ***** Recording *****
“Edward Gardner conducts these pieces with a highly satisfying blend of freedom and discipline…”
Roger Nichols – BBC Music magazine – December 2014
“… the orchestral playing is of a consistently high standard, and the recording quality is exceptionally fine…”
Robert Matthew-Walker – International Record Review – October 2014
Album of the Week
“…In these lithe, dramatic performances, both seem effortless, spontaneously inspired. In the A minor, Gardner makes light of the composer’s debt to Mozart’s G minor Symphony, while the Scottish is compelling from first to last.”
Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) – 21 September 2014
“…The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and its principal guest conductor, Edward Gardner, prove to be interpreters in the best tradition of the city … splendidly vital performances that go at quite a lick…” ****
Richard Fairman – Financial Times – 22 August 2014
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